Recreation, Park and Tourism Management - B.S.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration
300 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2012
www.kent.edu/ehhs/fla


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management provides students with an academic foundation and field experiences in preparation for the recreation, park and tourism professions. The program comprises three concentrations:

  • The Park Management concentration focuses on providing opportunities for outdoor recreation and protecting the natural, cultural and historic resources on which those opportunities depend.
  • The Recreation Management concentration focuses on recreation and leisure services in public, commercial, campus, community and outdoor settings.
  • The Tourism Management concentration focuses on services and entrepreneurship in tourism industries and sustainable destination development.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

  • National Recreation and Park Association / Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of the profession.
  2. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy.
  3. Communicate effectively in written and oral forms.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate recreation services for targeted human experiences.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate recreation services that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
  6. Demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully collaborate with others in varied work environments.
  7. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of operations and strategic management and administration in parks, recreation and tourism.
  8. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the techniques and processes used by professionals in the parks, recreation and tourism industries.
  9. Demonstrate the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism or related organizations.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to apply evidence-based decision making, including determining information/data needs, locating and evaluating existing data sources, data gathering techniques, analysis and interpretation.
 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
RPTM 16000FOUNDATIONS OF RECREATION AND LEISURE 3
RPTM 26030RECREATION GROUP LEADERSHIP 3
RPTM 26071MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF AREAS AND FACILITIES 3
RPTM 26081PRINCIPLES OF OUTDOOR RECREATION 3
RPTM 36040INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN LEISURE SERVICES (DIVD) 3
RPTM 36060ENTREPRENEURIAL APPROACHES TO LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY SERVICES 3
RPTM 36075PROGRAM DESIGN AND EVALUATION 3
RPTM 36192PRACTICUM IN RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1
RPTM 46030DYNAMICS OF LEISURE BEHAVIOR (WIC) 13
RPTM 46060ADMINISTRATION OF LEISURE SERVICES 3
RPTM 46070PARK PLANNING 3
RPTM 46091SEMINAR FOR INTERNSHIP PREPARATION 1
RPTM 46092INTERNSHIP IN RECREATION (ELR) 12
SPAD 46080LEGAL ISSUES IN SPORT AND RECREATION 3
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Electives 26
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3-5
Kent Core Additional3
Concentrations
Choose from the following:36
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Student may select any RPTM course that is not already being applied toward the major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000

Park Management Concentration Requirements

[EH-BS-RPTM-PMM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 30360GENERAL ECOLOGY 4
GEOG 49070GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 4
HDFS 44032NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING 3
RPTM 36082INTERPRETATION OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES 3
RPTM 36083ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND CONSERVATION 3
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Elective 13
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:10
FORESTRY
LOCAL FLORA (ELR)
INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
ENTOMOLOGY
ORNITHOLOGY
ICHTHYOLOGY
WETLAND ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT (ELR)
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (ELR)
TROPICAL FIELD BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION (ELR)
WILDLIFE RESOURCES (ELR)
VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
GEOGRAPHY OF OHIO
CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
RESOURCE GEOGRAPHY
ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
EARTH MATERIALS I
GEOMORPHOLOGY
GEOLOGY OF THE NATIONAL PARKS
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Basic Sciences2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:36
1

Student may select any RPTM course that is not already being applied toward the major.

Recreation Management Concentration Requirements

[EH-BS-RPTM-RMM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
HDFS 44032NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING 3
MIS 24053INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
RPTM 26010COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN RECREATION 3
RPTM 36010RECREATION, LEISURE AND AGING 3
RPTM 36081ADVENTURE EDUCATION 3
RPTM 36085LEISURE AND CULTURE (DIVD) 3
Physical Education Basic (PEB) Electives3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:36

Tourism Management Concentration Requirements

[EH-BS-RPTM-TMM]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
HM 13024INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT 3
RPTM 26060INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL TOURISM (DIVG) 3
RPTM 46000TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND RECREATIONAL TRAVEL 3
SPAD 45022EVENT PLANNING AND PRODUCTION 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
FIN 36053BUSINESS FINANCE 3
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
MIS 24163PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:36
 

Roadmaps

 

Park Management Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!RPTM 16000 FOUNDATIONS OF RECREATION AND LEISURE 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Two
!BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
!RPTM 26030 RECREATION GROUP LEADERSHIP 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
BSCI 30360 GENERAL ECOLOGY 4
!ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
RPTM 26071 MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF AREAS AND FACILITIES 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!RPTM 26081 PRINCIPLES OF OUTDOOR RECREATION 3
!RPTM 36060 ENTREPRENEURIAL APPROACHES TO LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY SERVICES 3
!RPTM 36075 PROGRAM DESIGN AND EVALUATION 3
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
HDFS 44032 NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING 3
!RPTM 36040 INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN LEISURE SERVICES (DIVD) 3
!RPTM 36083 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND CONSERVATION 3
!RPTM 36192 PRACTICUM IN RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1
Concentration Elective 4
Kent Core Requirement 2
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
!RPTM 36082 INTERPRETATION OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES 3
!RPTM 46030 DYNAMICS OF LEISURE BEHAVIOR (WIC) 3
!RPTM 46060 ADMINISTRATION OF LEISURE SERVICES 3
!RPTM 46091 SEMINAR FOR INTERNSHIP PREPARATION 1
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Elective 3
Concentration Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
!RPTM 46070 PARK PLANNING 3
!SPAD 46080 LEGAL ISSUES IN SPORT AND RECREATION 3
GEOG 49070 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 4
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Elective 3
Concentration Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
!RPTM 46092 INTERNSHIP IN RECREATION (ELR) 12
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Recreation Management Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!RPTM 16000 FOUNDATIONS OF RECREATION AND LEISURE 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Physical Education Basic (PEB) Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
!RPTM 26010 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN RECREATION 3
!RPTM 26030 RECREATION GROUP LEADERSHIP 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
!ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!RPTM 26071 MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF AREAS AND FACILITIES 3
Physical Education Basic (PEB) Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!RPTM 26081 PRINCIPLES OF OUTDOOR RECREATION 3
!RPTM 36010 RECREATION, LEISURE AND AGING 3
RPTM 36060 ENTREPRENEURIAL APPROACHES TO LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY SERVICES 3
Physical Education Basic (PEB) Elective 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
!RPTM 36040 INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN LEISURE SERVICES (DIVD) 3
!RPTM 36192 PRACTICUM IN RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1
!RPTM 36075 PROGRAM DESIGN AND EVALUATION 3
!RPTM 36081 ADVENTURE EDUCATION 3
!RPTM 36085 LEISURE AND CULTURE (DIVD) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
MIS 24053 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
!RPTM 46030 DYNAMICS OF LEISURE BEHAVIOR (WIC) 3
!RPTM 46060 ADMINISTRATION OF LEISURE SERVICES 3
!RPTM 46091 SEMINAR FOR INTERNSHIP PREPARATION 1
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
HDFS 44032 NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING 3
!SPAD 46080 LEGAL ISSUES IN SPORT AND RECREATION 3
!RPTM 46070 PARK PLANNING 3
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!RPTM 46092 INTERNSHIP IN RECREATION (ELR) 12
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Tourism Management Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!RPTM 16000 FOUNDATIONS OF RECREATION AND LEISURE 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
!RPTM 26030 RECREATION GROUP LEADERSHIP 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
HM 13024 INTRODUCTION TO HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT 3
!RPTM 26060 INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL TOURISM (DIVG) 3
!RPTM 26071 MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF AREAS AND FACILITIES 3
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
!RPTM 26081 PRINCIPLES OF OUTDOOR RECREATION 3
!RPTM 36060 ENTREPRENEURIAL APPROACHES TO LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY SERVICES 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
!RPTM 36192 PRACTICUM IN RECREATION, PARK AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1
!RPTM 36040 INCLUSION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN LEISURE SERVICES (DIVD) 3
!RPTM 36075 PROGRAM DESIGN AND EVALUATION 3
Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
MIS 24163 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
!RPTM 46030 DYNAMICS OF LEISURE BEHAVIOR (WIC) 3
!RPTM 46060 ADMINISTRATION OF LEISURE SERVICES 3
!RPTM 46091 SEMINAR FOR INTERNSHIP PREPARATION 1
!SPAD 46080 LEGAL ISSUES IN SPORT AND RECREATION 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
FIN 36053 BUSINESS FINANCE 3
!RPTM 46000 TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND RECREATIONAL TRAVEL 3
!RPTM 46070 PARK PLANNING 3
SPAD 45022 EVENT PLANNING AND PRODUCTION 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!RPTM 46092 INTERNSHIP IN RECREATION (ELR) 12
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120